Mid-May News | Banbury Museum

Mid-May News

Trips, GDPR, AGM, Etc.

Dear all

Sadly I have to announce that the trip to Chipping Campden has been cancelled because of low numbers.  The Museum needed a minimum number to lay on a tour.  Some of our recent trips have not attracted many takers so we are having a bit of rethink for next year.  If you have any thoughts or ideas do let us know.

Apologies if you’ve already had this from various other organizations that you belong to:  on 25th May the General Data Processing Regulation (GDPR), a new EU regulation realting to the processing of personal information, comes into effect.

In this society we take the protection of members’ data seriously and in preparation for the above we are contacting you as you appear on our Banbury Historical Society email list.  We will continue to send you communications that we hope will be of interest to you.

To comply with the regulations we have prepared a privacy notice which I am attaching to this email so that you can read it in full if you want;  otherwise it will appear on the society’s website.

This does not affect the sending of publications such as Cake & Cockhorse  and records publications by post as your subscription in effect pays for these.

However, if you would prefer to unsubscribe from receiving our mailings please contact us either by telephone, mail or email, and we will amend our records immediately.

Other news:  Oxfordshire Past is taking place in Deddington church this coming Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  There will be talks about recent research in Oxfordshire history, buildings and archaeology,  and there will be stalls and exhibits available during the day.  I am going to provide a stall on behalf of the society with a selection of our splendid publications and would be glad to see any of you.  For further information, and to book, see the attached flyer;  attendance costs £7 and must be booked in advance.  This includes tea and coffee but not lunch.

Our June outing is still going ahead and we think will be fascinating.  

June 21st  Geological tour of Banbury’s Old Buildings  meet at 7 pm.

led by Norman Dutton and Brian Little

This tour will take you round the stone used in Banbury’s oldest buildings looking at the detail of the provenance, age and fossil record therein.
Meet at 7pm at the Market Square entrance of the Nat West bank.  (No need to book ahead).

July 4th Annual General Meeting at Linden House, 55 The Green, South Bar  at 5.30 pm

(by kind invitation of Spratt Endicott solicitors)

We shall be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Banbury Historical Society on this occasion and there may even be cake.

Linden House is one of Banbury’s best 18th century buildings, mentioned in Pevsner, and has been recently renovated by Spratt Endicott. 


On July 12th the Museum, together with Broughton Castle, are putting on a Summer Lecture, to be given by Charles Spencer.  He will be talking about his recent book,  To Catch a King:  Charles II’s Great Escape’.  This is highly recommended:  I have heard him give this lecture and it is a tour de force.   Hoping for fine weather – the grounds will be open from 5 pm for people to picnic in the gardens and surrounds.  The lecture will be at 7 pm, followed by questions and book-signings.  The cost is £25 per person and for more information and to book, go to 


We received a request for help  recently, from a retired RAF officer who is researching some of the boys from his old school, Magdalen College School in Brackley, who died in WW1.   One of the boys was William John Lidsey, who was from Banbury but went to school in Brackley. He has some information about him, but not so much about his family and their background.  They lived Hardwick House in Banbury, and his father may have been mayor of Banbury at some point.  William has a memorial plaque inside St Mary’s Church; he was with the Royal Flying Corps and was shot down by the Red Baron in March 1917.  If anyone can add anything to this, could you contact Andrew White  (awhite6700@aol.com) ?

2018: The Year of Northamptonshire Churches is organised by The Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise campaign, an initiative launched in 2017 to promote the county’s significant tourism offering and to strengthen the local visitor economy and communities.
The Year will create a lasting legacy in the form of a website www.northamptonshiresurprise.com containing an online treasury of beautifully written descriptions for 100 churches, visitor information, details of worship and services, and it is hoped that more volunteers will be recruited to help care for the county’s churches over the longer term.

Best wishes,

Deborah Hayter